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A day in the life of a .... Racing Secretary

23 March 2012

What's Involved?
This is more than a secretarial role. Most racing secretaries run the office and will have responsibility for race entries and declarations, liaising with Weatherbys and owners, booking jockeys, orders, deliveries, health and safety compliance, dealing with press, staff issues and staff contracts. Many Racing Secretaries will also administer the bookkeeping and payroll. You could be tasked with entertaining owners, organising the Trainers time and you may even have to represent the trainer on occasions.

What skills do you need?
Organisation and communication skills are essential, you will have the ability to prioritise, be extremely reliable and able to cope under pressure. Discretion and diplomacy are also key. The British Racing School runs Racing Secretaries Courses. Click on the links to find out more.

What are the benefits?
Pay rates will vary according to the scope of your role but typically a remuneration package will be enhanced by racing related perks and rewards.


Name: Janet Anderson
Racing Secretary to: James Fanshawe

"My interest and involvement in racehorses began when some family friends bought a stud in Newmarket when I was still at school. After completing an intensive secretarial course, which has proved invaluable, and gaining experience in other fields for a few years I returned to Newmarket and worked for Peter Rossdale and the Equine Veterinary Journal.

My real enthusiasm was for the excitement and pace at the heart of the racing industry. I was very fortunate to have nine happy and exciting years with Sir Michael Stoute during which time we were involved with horses good enough to compete in all the Championship races around the world. Having spent a long time working for such an established trainer the opportunity arose for me to work for Sir Michael's former assistant, James Fanshawe. I jumped at the opportunity and am now in my 17th year as James's secretary.

The role is extremely varied and unpredictable. It is challenging, requires diligence and attention to detail but is rewarding and nothing compares to being involved with a successful yard. Don't expect it to be a nine til five job, but the camaraderie and thrills of both minor successes and the big days can provide immense satisfaction."


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